Tuesday, October 20, 2015

3 Tips to Seek Excellence in the Christian Publishing Industry by Zoe M. McCarthy

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Excellence in the Christian publishing industry has troubled my mind and heart. This concern has a history.

The Christian who prophesied my mother’s salvation in March 2012, and whose statements came true, (see September post) handed me a paper in September 2013 that said God was taking me to a new level in my writing. She referenced Isaiah 43:18-19.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

For months, I prayed about how I’d be involved in making streams in the desert, but I didn’t perceive any “new levels” emerging.

In February 2015, I heard the concept of writing with God instead of for God. I believed this was the “new level” to which God was calling me.

To my morning devotions, I added sessions to seek God and His will. I jotted in a notebook what I perceived from God.

Then one morning, I read Isaiah 58:11.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Here was water in a wasteland again. So, as God promises to continually guide me, I’m working on continually seeking Him, especially in my writing, so I may become a spring whose waters never fail.

I’ve begun to understand my passion to share on my blog what I learn and research about the writing craft, marketing, and blogging. While I’m learning and seeking excellence, I hope others will too.

But I think God’s calling me and others to do more for the Christian publishing industry.

I think, performing the following 3 tips together, we’ll move what we do toward excellence.

1. Pray for the Body of the Christian Publishing Industry.

After viewing the movie, War Room, I fight longer in prayer for the Christian publishing industry.

I think we’re all part of one Christian “sub-body.” We need excellence from every individual part. So here’s those I pray excellence for:

Writers, agents, editors, publishers, marketers, reviewers, cover designers, typesetters, galley reviewers, bookstore employees, beta readers, critique partners, endorsers, publicists, and all who touch our books.

I pray God binds Satan from:

     discouraging any of us,

          tempting us to waste our time,

               blocking us in learning the writing craft and industry tasks, and

                    distracting us from seeking God.

For example, I prayed daily for months for an issue that would impact several authors. I prayed God’s will be done. The issue was resolved in an amazing way. (James 5:16)

2. Do something to improve others in the industry.

Daily, I see many helping others. How amazing it would be if we all used the time we complain and worry about our work to improve someone else in the industry.









3. Move from Poor to Excellent in our work.

Poor → Good → Very Good → Excellent


Winging It → Working For God (Col. 3:23) → Seeking God (2 Chon. 31:21)→ Working With God (Prov. 3:6)

When we work with God, we’re safer from Satan’s ploys.

Seeking God is seeking excellence. Working with God manifests it.

If you aren’t already, will you pray for the Christian publishing industry and seek God while working on writing, publishing, or marketing tasks?

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About the Author
Zoe M. McCarthy
Zoe M. McCarthy believes the little known fact that opposites distract. Thus, she spins Christian contemporary romances entangling extreme opposites. Her tagline is: Distraction to Attraction, Magnetic Romances Between Opposites. Now retired actuaries, Zoe and her husband evaluated the financial risks for insurance companies. Nick, in Zoe’s debut novel, Calculated Risk, is an actuary. Christian Fiction Online Magazine published two of her short stories. Zoe self-published two books of contemporary Christian short stories. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys leading workshops on the craft of writing; speaking about her faith; planning fun events for her 5 grandchildren; and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she lives with her husband, John.
Learn more about Zoe M. McCarthy at her website: http://zoemmccarthy.com

Calculated Risk
by Zoe M. McCarthy
Calculated Risk

What happens when an analytical numbers man meets a mercurial marketing Rep? Romance is a calculated risk…

Jilted by the latest of her father’s choices of “real men,” Cisney Baldwin rashly accepts an invitation to spend Thanksgiving weekend with a sympathetic colleague and his family. Nick LeCrone is a man too much her opposite to interest her and too mild-mannered to make her overbearing father’s “list.” Now, Cisney fears Nick wants to take advantage of her vulnerable state over the holiday. Boy, is she wrong.

Nick wants little to do with Cisney. She drives him crazy with all her sticky notes and quirks. He extended an invitation because he felt sorry for her. Now he’s stuck, and to make matters worse, his family thinks she’s his perfect match. He’ll do what he can to keep his distance, but there’s just one problem—he’s starting to believe Cisney’s magnetism is stronger than he can resist.

Purchase links for Calculated Risk: http://zoemmccarthy.com/books


  1. I pray all our work will be streams of living water for all our readers. Thanks for sharing, Zoe.

    1. Marilyn, that would be so great if readers could be touched like streams of living water from our work.

  2. I really enjoy your posts, Zoe. Thank you!

    1. Wendy, how nice of you to take the time to encourage me.


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